LOVE'S GONNA GET YA!

Genre: Drama
Written by James and Michele Woodson
Directed by Dwight Ali Williams

Diversity Players of Harlem aka DPOH Entertainment and J’Nointed Entertainment join forces to bring you the inspirational stage play Love’s Gonna Get Ya! by James and Michele Woodson, with Music by Germono Toussaint and directed by Dwight Ali Williams. Performances will be at the Roy Arias Theatres for one week only, July 28 – August 1, 2010.

Love's Gonna Get Ya! is based on the true story of eight singles and their passionate search for true love. So focused on pursuing his career goal, Nate is too busy to stop and smell the roses. Heart broken from past relationships, Jasmine comes to realize that her search for true love will only happen when she learns to let go. With their timely meeting and subsequent love story as the backdrop, the crux of the play lies in the trials and tribulations of their six friends, each of whom have their own difficulties with relationships and love.

Cast: Iman Richardson, Robbie Darby, Claudia McLain, Michele Woodson, Steve Strickland, Gabriel Hamilton, Temesgen Tocruray, Armani Williams, Zuhairah McGill, Arissa Dorsey, Jasmine Taylor, James Hunter, Carl Payne and Shawn Luckey.


For more information, visit www.diversityplayersofharlem.com.


About the Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem

Diversity Players of Harlem, strive to ensure education and enlightenment opportunities through diverse forms of artistic and creative medium. It is our ultimate goal to nurture youth of undiscovered talents, and produce platforms for artists of various backgrounds. Furthermore, we believe that effectively meeting our goal will cure some of the societal ills affecting our communities.



Cast: Iman Richardson
Open:   07/28/10
Close:   08/01/10

Schedule:
Wednesday – Friday 8:00pm
Saturday - 2pm, 5pm and 8pm
Sunday – 2pm and 6pm
Theater:   Roy Arias Theatre Center
Address:   300 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Subway Lines: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, S to 42nd Street-Times Square

Cost:$25
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Company: Diversity Players Of Harlem         Official Web Site: www.diversityplayersofharlem.com

Shawn Luckey is one of Diversity Players of Harlem's co-founders and managing partners.  He actively writes, directs, and produces plays and screenplays.  As a performer, he has appeared in a number of commercials, plays and movies. His theatrical credits include: Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play; Pearl Cleage's Blues for an Alabama Sky; Craig Lucas' Prelude to a Kiss; Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun; and James Baldwin's Amen Corner.

He has also appeared in Rev Run's music video, Mind on the Road; and a NY Lottery Commercial. His directing credits include: Old Man Pete, among other projects, but his love of writing has manifested in the following: A Family's Play; and the forthcoming projects: The Tenants; and Scottsboro 9. Shawn's TV/Film credits include: Showtime's new adult comedy, Nurse Jackie; Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna; and Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls...Currently, he has a host of independent film projects slated for completion, including Diversity Players of Harlem's first produced short films, A Family's Story; The Grit, The Grandeur; and also Walking Maris' Way.

http://www.shawnluckey.com/

Worked for various companies in varied aspects of Film/Video/AV Production  as well as in light and sound. Companies included-PROJECTION VIDEO,CARIBINER INTERNATIONAL, PRESENTATION SERVICES,WARNER LAMBERT, KING COLE AUDIO VIDEO, KVL, CORPORATE AUDIOVISUAL, PROACTIV TECHNOLOGIES,YSEC, THE PRODUCERS CLUB, NEW DAY REPERTORY THEATRE AND DIVERSITY PLAYERS OF HARLEM.

In 1987 he began freelance production company that specializes originally in producing Action/Adventure shows but branched out into comedy, science fiction and Gothic/Horror drama. Also does Audiovisual Tech Consulting, Operation of AudioVisual Equipment, Technical Director, Lighting/Sound Design and operation for Off Broadway Theatrical Venues.

Executive Producer and Director is the founder and CEO of DA’ Right Entertainment. As a child, Dwight Ali experienced the entertainment world by working in commercial print and television commercials. After a break from the business as a teen, Dwight Ali returned to acting on stage. His stage credits include “For This Reason… A Love Story”; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”; “Amen Corner”; “A Family’s Play”; “A Soldier's Play”; and “The Red Lamp”. He also is active in singing, dancing, song writing, producing, set design, and directing. Dwight Ali has also Directed a number of Productions including the New York Premieres of “He Said, She Said: A Romantic Comedy” by Shawn Luckey, “Love’s Gonna Get Ya!”  By James and Michele Woodson and “Die Laughing the Stage Play” by Marq Overton which staring Kevin “dot com” Brown of  NBC’s Emmy Award Winning 30 Rock in its run at the World Famous Laugh Factor. “Die Laughing” took a look at one man's life who is stricken with breast cancer and his struggle to push past the façade of ignorance and arrogance, in a quest to arrive at awareness and ultimate redemption. 

James Hunter has worked as a Principal Performer on American Gangster.He is also an aspiring comedian having performed at various comedy clubs around town. James is delighted to be working with the Diversity Players of Harlem.
Chandrill R. Dickerson, from Richmond Virginia and currently resides in New York with my husband Aaron T. Dickerson. I Graduated from Virginia Union University in May 2007, with a bachelor's degree in Speech and Drama with a double minor in Criminal justice and Chemistry. I have been involved in the theatre for four years doing variety of jobs such as sound control, light board operator, prop manager, stage manager director and many more. My personal involvement is going to the movies, reading, and volunteer work with various organizations and theatre companies; because I am always willing to learn new things. My future aspiration is to be a film director and a Layer in Criminal Justice.

is an actress/singer who hails from the heart of Harlem, New York.  She has always had a love for acting and studied at TVI Studios.  Jasmine has been performing professionally for more than 6 years.  Theatre: He Said, She Said  A Romantic Comedy, produced by DPOH Entertainment; Moving On: Colored People’s Time, produced by the Negro Ensemble Company; Black Metropolis as Bessie Moore and staged during the Tulsa Riots; and Shoot To Win, directed by noted acting coach Tracey Moore.  Jasmine feels privileged and honored to be a part of the Colored Museum and thanks Bill Johnson for this great opportunity. Jasmine gives praise and thanks to her Almighty Father for the blessings of patience, endurance, faith and so much more.

is a native of Sacramento, CA.  She holds a B.A. in Drama and Dance from Spelman College (Atlanta, GA); and a M.F.A. in Acting from The University of Texas, Austin. She has been living her dream here in NY for one year and has had many incredible experiences thus far. She is honored to be a part of this production and grateful for the opportunity to share her work with such a phenomenal cast and team. Please follow Robbie's work at:  www.RobbieDarby.com and www.Love-Violence.com (her solo show).

is a talented and vivacious working actress, dancer, commercial model, and teacher. Claudia McLain is actively pursuing a career in performing arts and is also earning her Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Claudia McLain also has "behind the scenes" experience as stage manager and casting director. Claudia McLain is currently featured in four independent feature films for 2010.  Recently, she played Florence in the Off-Broadway play, The XYZ Files. Anyone that has ever met Claudia knows that she is very passionate about three things in life – (1) her teacher career, (2) her acting career, and (3) her love for people.

born and raised in Newark, NJ, Steven, started his career in the performing arts at the tender age of four.  While performing in school and church, he decided to follow his passion for acting, dancing -choreographing, singing-songwriting, radio hosting, and being Master of Ceremonies. Steven has performed in productions across the United States. His motto is “Do What You Love. Love What You Do!” Steven can also be heard live online every Wednesday night as a Co-Host on The Jay Everyday Show  from 6pm-9pm (EST.) @ www.thejayeveryday.com  OR  www.facebook.com/stevenstrickland

makes this his first performance with the Diversity Players of Harlem, however, Gabriel is no stranger to the stage.  He prides himself on being a character actor.  His repertoire includes, but is not limited to, a teacher, drug dealer, pimp, gangster, goon, father, jock, and a group home worker. Even though he's performed on Broadway, the big screen, the little screen, and the stage he's constantly seeking challenging roles. To know Gabe, as he is affectionately called, means you know that his goal is to be a household name that has achieved multi-billion dollar entertainment mogul status. www.starnow.com/gabrielhamilton

is delighted to make his Diversity Players of Harlem debut. Hailing from Dallas, TX, he is a proud graduate of the award winning Texas Southern University theatre department. Theatre:I Scream Out Loud; A Family Affair; Home; River of Darkness;and Flyin’ West. He would like to dedicate his performances to his parents and 6 siblings. PEACE and LOVE to ALL!

is thrilled to be joining Diversity Players of Harlem in their latest production of "Love's Gonna Get Ya!" Armani has appeared in over 30 musicals and plays.  He is an active singer, songwriter, novelist, poet, and host. Now, Armani is working on his third novel. Armani truly lives by George Bernard Shaw's credo: "The goal of an artist is to create the definitive work that cannot be surpassed."  - “I guess I kinda live that!

is Founder and Producing Artistic Director of First World Theatre Ensemble; and Creative Artistic Director for the Master Griot Project. Besides, directing over 20 plays on and off Broadway, Zuhairah  has appeared in numerous off-Broadway plays and national tours. She's a Barrymore Nominee for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Play for her role as Sojourner Truth in Richard LaMonte Pierce's Sojourner. The play will also be opening Off-Broadway in 2010.  Zuhairah is also received the 2007 National Black Spoken Word Tour "Outstanding Community Service Through the Arts" Award. Her current projects include Castration of a Dark-Skinned Woman, written and directed by Zuhairah; and her film directorial debut of The Seventh Cypher, a feature film by Tito Irizarry.

is making her New York City theatre debut in Love’s Gonna Get Ya! She has been singing since childhood while growing up in Baltimore, MD. Arissa has travelled extensively throughout the United States using her gift and talents of song to glorify God. Her gifts and talent of song include, but are not limited to, singing, songwriting, and musical theater.

hails from Cincinnati, Ohio but now resides in Irvington, NJ. After serving four years in the US Navy, Carl made the plunge into the entertainment business. He consistently receives callbacks and books featured work in both television and film. Carl is making Love’s Gonna Get Ya! his NYC stage debut.

is a former talent manager and soon-to-be entertainment law student at Rutgers University. As an intern, James worked at MBK Entertainment, the artist management company for R&B multi-platinum artist Alicia Keys, and former Destiny Child member turned solo artist Letoya Luckett. Since 2005, James has served as Founder and CEO of J’Nointed Entertainment.  In 2006, James also served as associate producer of  On The Road Theater Company’s The Six of Us, and the following year as stage manager for both Sisters With A Message; and Church Folk, God Folk.

is an actress who has performed in various community and church-based theater productions including Church Folk, God Folk, written and directed by Melissa Huggins-Muhammad; and Sisters With A Message, written and directed by Fleeta Bulle. She appeared as Monique in the short film, Love, Sex, and Choices, directed by Alan Roth (Asymmetric Pictures). Michele also appears as Nikki in Love’s Gonna Get Ya!